If you’ve discovered mold in your home, you may be concerned and feeling overwhelmed about potential safety hazards, the cost to have the mold safely removed and your home being in disarray for an extended period of time. Here are some steps to consider when your home has mold damage:
- Contact a mold abatement company for an estimate – the initial inspection and estimate should be free, and don’t be afraid to get multiple estimates. Getting multiple estimates is necessary for several reasons. First, it will allow you to confirm what pricing is reasonable. If multiple companies have pricing in the same range, that is a good indication of what the industry standard is for the work that is needed. If a company’s estimate is much higher or lower than the other estimates you received, that is a red flag and should be cause for concern.
- Once the work begins, the scope of work can change – often times with mold, you can’t be sure of the extent of damages until work begins. Most reputable companies will put a cap on what the work will cost, but it is not uncommon for the estimate to grow larger once work begins. This is because once visibly damaged materials like drywall or kitchen cabinets are removed, additional damages my become visible and more work than originally estimated may need to take place. However, once the additional damages are discovered your chosen mold removal company should notify you.
- Estimates and invoices should have clear pricing and scope of work – some mold removal companies may simply walk into your home and quote a price verbally on the spot. It is a good idea to always ask for a written estimate that details the scope of work. This estimate should also detail how much they are charging for labor, materials and equipment.
If you think you might have water or mold damage in your home Call ServiceMaster Restoration by Elite For a FREE Estimate (916) 245-8862